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21 January 2013 :: 16:01:46 pm 70595

Russian Swims 50 km In Koh Chang Record Try

A Russian endurance swimmer nearly completed the “Polar Bear Challenge” of trying to swim 75 km around Koh Chang Island. The Russian swam for 26 hours and 50 km before he had to stop, due to hypothermia and his body running out of glucose.
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KOH CHANG ISLAND – January 20, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]: a report of a Russian swimmer getting into trouble while attempting to set a swim endurance record at Koh Chang island was received by commander Kamjad Samaknat, the chief of Royal Thai Navy Sea Security Center, Koh Chang island.

The report was made by navy personnel on an inflatable RIP boat of the Royal navy, who were monitoring the Russian swimmer. The Russian, Mr. Vasily Bochkarev, had accepted the “Polar Bear Challenge” to set a Thai record by swimming around Koh Chang island.

The Russian had swam nearly two thirds of the 75 km distance, and had reached Ban Salakpetch, Kohchangtai.

The navy officers observed that Mr. Vasily had swum all day and night, in quite strong wind and waves, and it was now 10 to 11 a.m. in the morning. When he reached the second channel before Bang Jek Bae, Mr. Vasily stopped to ask to change into a wetsuit, which was on the inflatable boat.

After putting on the wetsuit, Mr. Vasily continued swimming until a few minutes past noon. Then Mr. Vasily stopped for a while, and the snorkel he was wearing floated away from him. It appeared to the observers that Mr. Vasily was so exhausted, he was on the verge of drowning.

The navy personnel on the inflatable boat were monitoring him from about 15 meters away, but they pulled up close to Mr. Vasily. They asked him if he wanted to quit. They noticed with concern that his body was visibly trembling.

However, the gutsy Russian still didn’t want to give up. He refused their offer to take him on board. Mr. Vasily continued swimming, and swam for a while. But he finally waved his hand for help at 12:12 p.m.

His body had run out of glucose sugar, so Mr. Vasily had no energy left to continue. The officers took Mr. Vasily on board, and saw that his mouth and hands were pale and he was trembling continually.

So they decided to take him to the land, and docked the boat at Bansalakpetch harbor at south Koh Chang island. They gave him a blanket to give him warmth, and sent for warm water for him to drink.

Mr. Vasily did not want to see the doctor to check his body, so he was instead given first aid from the navy officers and volunteers from Bunchauyleuar rescue association, Koh Chang island.

Mr. Vasily eventually recovered from his exhaustion and hypothermia, and felt better. He was nearly back to normal, which relieved his support team.

Although he had not finished his “Polar Bear Challenge” record attempt, Mr. Vasily had swam continuously for 26 hours, and covered a distance of 50 km. He had only 25 km to go in order to complete his mission, but unfortunately he had to bail out before he drowned.

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